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    The Homeland Threat to Affordable U.S. Energy

    Lucian Pugliaresi penned an Op Ed in The Hill on the pending legal action by local California governments claiming that U.S. oil companies have created a nuisance by knowingly causing harm to the future of human life and property.  He points out that missing from the list of defendants is the federal government which had an active and aggressive program, spanning Democrat and Republican, to promote and expand domestic oil and gas production. A copy of the Op Ed can be found here.

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    The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard Background, Controversies, & Reform, or, This Crisis, … or the Next?
    Offering a U.S. perspective at the Argus Global Gasoline Conference, EPRINC’s Max Pyziur gave a presentation on the RFS titled “An Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Gasoline Blending Challenges And Pathways For Reform.” He also participated in a panel discussion on fuel quality and the potential to increase blends of ethanol, ETBE, and reformates. A copy of Max’s presentation and photos from the event can be found here.
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    Trump Administration Decides to Revisit Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
    Lucian Pugliaresi and Max Pyziur penned an Op Ed in the The Hill outlining their views on why the Mid Term Evaluation (MTE)  on the efficacy of CAFE should get a full review.  Although many commentators have viewed the Trump Administration’s decision to proceed with a  full review of CAFE as a regulatory roll back, the decision merely restores the original agreement to give the program a full review in 2017 before giving the green light on the more stringent standards through 2025.  A link to their Op Ed in The Hill  can be found here and an EPRINC version of the Op Ed can be found here.
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    Carbon Taxes on Transportation Fuels
    If excise and road  taxes were converted to carbon taxes how much would drivers be paying? Will Pack and Steven Lee have a short note estimating the implicit carbon tax already in place for transportation fuels.  Any program to impose carbon taxes will have to consider that some fuels are already paying taxes.  A copy of the EPRINC note can be found here.
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    Challenges and Opportunities for the US Petroleum Industry

    Lucian Pugliaresi presented at the 8th Mediterranean Oil & Gas Forum 2017 held on March 1-2, 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus. His remarks and presentation  covered the energy policies of the incoming administration of President Donald J. Trump. A copy of his presentation can be found here.

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Challenges in Paying for Tax Reform
Larry Goldstein takes a look at the challenges in paying for tax reform. If the border adjustment tax is dead, where do we go from here?  The carbon tax is unlikely to get much attention, so what about gasoline taxes?   Larry’s commentary on this important topic can be found here.

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Is it Time for Regulatory Reform at EPA?
Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He has been characterized as both anti-science and anti-environment, but the full story is a bit more complicated.  Lucian Pugliaresi, in a recent opinion piece for “The Hill,” outlines some of the reforms needed at EPA and why Pruitt might just be the right man for the job.  A link to the op ed can be found here.

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